Category: Auto Repair

Help us help others and receive a chance to win!

October 30th, 2018 by

  From November 1 to December 15, 2018, Hillside Automotive Center is collecting clothing, personal care items, and monetary donations for ImmaCare to support their mission to house Hartford’s homeless. Join us and you will receive a chance to win:   A family 4-pack of tickets to see A Christmas Carol at Hartford Stage!  

Repair or replace? Do the math!

July 18th, 2018 by

For most people, their car is their second largest investment next to their home. How do you get the best return on your investment? By keeping your car through the ‘Cinderella Era’, the period of time after it’s paid off when your car is still in great shape and needs only modest repairs. Budgeting for

Watch out for those potholes!

February 14th, 2018 by

A childhood memory is having the wind knocked out when you fell off a swing in mid-air, or your friend laughingly slid off their end of the seesaw when they were down and you were up. POW! That’s the kind of jolt your car feels when one wheel hits a pothole at 40 mph.  

Check It Twice: Your Holiday Travel Checklist

December 1st, 2017 by

Are you ready for your holiday travels? Chances are your plans will involve traveling in the dark or the snow. Don’t get stuck in the cold. Get your vehicle ready for winter weather now. Restock your emergency supplies. Every vehicle should have a well-stocked emergency kit. Ensure you have a flashlight, a first aid kit,

Preventive Maintenance: Maximizing Your Investment

October 24th, 2017 by

  What do cars with 200K or more miles often have in common? Owners who followed the recommended service schedule.   A well maintained vehicle is more dependable, safer, more fuel efficient, less polluting, and more valuable. Your vehicle is a big investment. Performing regular scheduled maintenance is the best way to get the most

How long can your car last? As long as you want!

August 23rd, 2017 by

With proper care and use, a vehicle can outlive generations of owners. According to the Car Care Council, other than a major accident just about the only reason for a vehicle to go to the recycling yard is neglect. Alarming fact: every 20 minutes Americans dump enough cars into junkyards to form a stack as

How old is your brake fluid?

August 2nd, 2017 by

Brake fluid is often topped off when the brake system is serviced, but not everyone knows that most vehicles today require the brake fluid to be flushed and completely changed every 2-3 years or 30,000 miles. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended schedule for your vehicle.   “But I’m not having any problems,

My check engine light is on. Now what?

July 19th, 2017 by

Uh oh, the check engine light has come on. Now what?   A check engine light indicator requires immediate diagnostics. The issue could be anything from a loose gas cap to a bad spark plug or faulty catalytic converter.   But a good diagnosis costs money and takes time. You may have seen ads for